What you need to know:

*GSU fell to Georgia Southern 2-0 Friday night in the Sun Belt opener
*The Panthers finished with six more shots than the Eagles
*Georgia State plays next 1 p.m. Sunday against South Alabama at the GSU Soccer Complex

ATLANTA – Georgia State women’s soccer fell to in-state rival Georgia Southern 2-0 Friday night at the GSU Soccer Complex, just the second time in the last 16 matches the Panthers have lost to Georgia Southern.

The loss dropped GSU to 2-6-1 on the season and 0-1 in Sun Belt play. The Eagles improved to 3-5-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference. Georgia Southern also gained one point in the annual Georgia State-Georgia Southern Rivalry Series, as Friday was the first matchup between the two programs for the 2018-19 school year.

Neither team was able to create much separation in the first half on Friday’s contest, as both the Eagles and Panthers had a few nice looks at goal but were unable to get on the board. Georgia Southern led with five total shots and two on goal while GSU had four total shots and one on target after the first 45 minutes of play.

The Eagles broke the scoreless tie in the 52nd minute off a scramble near the box and later took a two-goal advantage after scoring again in the 72nd minute. Georgia State continued to battle – getting shots from Monique Hundley and Hannah Davis – but was unable to cut into the Georgia Southern lead.

Despite the loss, GSU finished the night with 14 total shots and seven on goal while the Eagles had eight total shots and four on target. Brooke Smith led the Panthers with four total shots and two on goal while Brooke Shank added three total shots and two on goal.

Georgia State is back in action 1 p.m. Sunday against defending Sun Belt champion South Alabama at the GSU Soccer Complex. Live stats will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com.

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